Thursday — April 18, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Jerry Cobb, legendary aviation pioneer and one of the ‘Mercury 13’, dies at the age of 88, T.H.E. Journal dives into the mentoring component of the new Snap the Gap initiative, LEGO announces new city-focused building kit for FIRST robotics students, Stetson University adds cybersecurity degree, and the University of Louisville and IBM to open a ‘Skills …


Wednesday — April 17, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily,  the Charles Schwab Foundation is increasing its funding commitment to its financial literacy education program on DonorsChoose.org, a new IUPUI study finds role models and representation are crucial to retaining black women in STEM, Atlanta’s Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy becomes first all-girls school to earn AdvancED’s STEM certification in the state of Georgia, Ellucian’s survey finds digital credentials …


Tuesday — April 16, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Disney/Lucasfilm donate $1.5M to FIRST, Illinois Engineering becomes the Grainer College of Engineering after over $300M in support, IBM to launch quantum computing research hub at NC State, and a Pitt study finds women are dropping out of med school track at higher rates than men despite similar achievement in intro science courses. Click here for the …


Monday — April 15, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, how Katie Bouman became the face of the black hole image project, SpaceX pulls off commercial rocket mission, Mizzou festival introduces STEM to kids, and who comes to the rescue of stranded robots? Click here for the full 4/15 STEMdaily. Women in STEM How Katie Bouman Accidentally Became the Face of the Black Hole Project (NYTimes)  As …


Zuckerberg family spending millions to replicate UMBC’s successful STEM program (Baltimore Sun)

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UMBC’s underdog basketball team did not pull off another stunning upset this year, but the school’s scientists continue to conquer the STEM world. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, just announced that they will put part of their enormous wealth behind an effort to spread the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s successful STEM honors program to two University of …


Meet Katie Bouman, One Woman Who Helped Make the World’s First Image of a Black Hole (TIME)

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The space was tiny and hot. On a fateful day last summer, Katie Bouman and three fellow researchers filed into a small room at Harvard University, safe from prying eyes, in order to see an image that had been years in the making. Researchers from all over the world had combined forces to gather masses of astronomical data — enough …


Thursday — April 11, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, meet Katie Bouman, the computer scientist who helped make the world’s first image of a black hole using big data and algorithms, UMBC unveils new middle school STEM teaching degree, a Wisconsin high school receives a $500K gift from SC Johnson for a new STEM lab, the Orlando Magic and CenturyLink honor STEM All-Stars to close out …


Darkness Visible, Finally: Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of a Black Hole (New York Times)

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Astronomers announced on Wednesday that at last they had captured an image of the unobservable: a black hole, a cosmic abyss so deep and dense that not even light can escape it. For years, and for all the mounting scientific evidence, black holes have remained marooned in the imaginations of artists and the algorithms of splashy computer models of the …


New Maricopa STEM Resource Center offers teachers free classroom materials (AZEdNews)

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Teachers from across the Valley got a sneak preview on April 2, 2019, of the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s STEM Resource Center, a new facility offering teachers and schools within Maricopa County free STEM materials provided by Amazon. Along with the materials, the center offers training to integrate new approaches to lessons in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The teachers from …


UMBC unveils new Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades STEM (The Retriever)

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UMBC has become the first institution of higher education in Maryland to offer a middle grades STEM degree, offering education students the opportunity to get a leg-up in job searches and improve public education in the state. The degree was proposed to the Board of Regents on Jan. 15 and is currently poised to move forward. The proposed degree is …


Wednesday — April 10, 2019

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In today’s STEMdaily, the Event Horizon Telescope captures the first-ever image of a black hole, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announces $6.9M gift to expand the Meyerhoff Scholars diversity in STEM mentoring program to UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, a history of oSTEM (Out in STEM) and what its founder is up to these days at Yale, and creative approaches to …


Changing the Game in STEM with Family Engagement: A White Paper for Practitioners and Field Leaders to Empower Families in STEM (STEM Next Opportunity Fund)

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Parents are vital players in raising youth’s awareness of the value of STEM and in brokering their participation in activities that build STEM competencies. STEM Next Opportunity Fund is committed to ensuring that every child – especially girls, youth of color, kids in low-income communities, and youth with disabilities – has access to STEM experiences and the social capital that lead to …


Partnering with STEMconnector to Leverage Research More Effectively (MIND Research Institute)

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“We are in a STEM talent crisis. Students do not see themselves in STEM jobs. Communities struggle to equip the next generation with STEM skills. Companies cannot hire or retain enough STEM workers.” You can find these alarming facts stated in STEMconnector’s homepage, and they may seem like insurmountable challenges to overcome.  But thankfully, there are many organizations putting their talent …


Tuesday April 9, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, meet Sahana Srinivasan, the Indian-American woman who is hosting Netflix’s new STEM series ‘Brainchild’, Mashable profiles the 16 year-old ‘STEM Queen” who founded the Wilmington (DE) Urban STEM Initiative, 2U acquires coding bootcamp Trilogy for $750M, deadline approaches for Honda’s STEM/STEAM grants, and Iridescent and XPRIZE announce the AI Family Challenge. Click here for the full 4/9 STEMdaily. Diversity in …


Status, fear, and solitude: Men and gender equality at the top (Deloitte Canada)

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WHY do organizations still struggle with gender equality at senior levels? Largely, it may be because men still feel culturally constrained to relentlessly pursue status in the workplace—preventing them from sharing nonwork responsibilities with their partners in a way that would allow women to more easily advance. Deloitte’s new report The design of everyday men investigates men’s experiences with work, family, and masculinity …


Monday — April 8, 2019 STEMdaily

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  NASA Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work (ABC News)  Spacewalking astronauts tackled battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday. It was the third spacewalk in just 2 ½ weeks for the space station crew. NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques hustled through their part in battery swap-outs that began last month. “All …


Mentorship programs help bridge STEM gender gap (EducationDive)

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In the midst of male-dominated fields that can sometimes deter females from entering, mentorship programs are cultivating interest and opening up opportunities to girls in STEM, EdSurge reports. In fact, when it comes to the percentage of girls who understand the relevance of STEM and the possible jobs within it, there’s a 20% difference between girls who know a woman in STEM …


Friday — April 5, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Democratic legislators introduce the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act in Congress, Microsoft and OpenClassrooms link up on a online masters degree on artificial intelligence and machine learning, Amazon Future Engineers announces scholarship recipients, and winners announced in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Click here for the full 4/5 STEMdaily. Diversity in STEM Dem senators introduce …


UC Davis Receives $1.1M to Invest in STEM Education for 11-Year-Old Girls (UC Davis)

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University of California, Davis, is creating a program to mentor 15,000 11-year-old girls in California during the next year in an effort to close the gender gap in STEM learning. “Snap the Gap,” a program that will provide mentors and hands-on STEM education tools to 11-year-old girls, was made possible by a $1.1 million grant from the Walt Disney Company. …


Thursday — April 4, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the New York Times profiles the all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan and their triumphs since being allowed to compete in North America after initially getting their visas denied to the U.S., and the reality they now face with the Taliban poised to regain control in Afghanistan. Also, Pew Research finds that science knowledge varies significantly by race …